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Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in TMT Sector – Thematic Research

Pages: 27 Published: January 27, 2022 Report Code: GDMA-TR-M006AD

The merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the TMT sector were valued at $1,039 billion in 2020. The deal value grew by nearly 20% in 2021. In terms of deal volume, 2021 recorded a growth of more than 25%. During the same period, technology accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume. All regions except China reported an increase in deal volume in 2021 as compared to the previous year.

Overview of the global M&A deals in the TMT sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the TMT sector

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What are the market dynamics in the TMT sector?

AI can be found everywhere, from wearable tech to automated home devices, smart cities, cars, offices, and more. Most people associate AI with the tech sector, but businesses in every industry are affected by AI. Certain AI tools, such as chatbots and virtual assistants, have cross-industry applications and their acceptance is growing. The technology has become more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, a fragmented competitive landscape, coupled with the scarcity of AI talent and a growing number of potential acquirers, will underpin a continued healthy rate of consolidation. The TMT sector covers a broad range of sub-sectors such as such as hardware, semiconductors, software, media and telecom, as well as several themes under each sub-sector. The digital media theme is one of the most prominent themes in the M&A industry. Media firms develop, produce, and distribute multimedia content on TV, in print, and online. Television networks, cable TV providers, production studios and social media companies are all in this subsector

Which are the key regions in terms of M&A deal activity in the TMT sector?

The key regions in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the TMT sector are North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China. North America has the highest value of deals in the year 2021 followed by Europe, APAC Ex-China, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America, and China.

Global M&A deals in the TMT sector, by region

Global M&A deals in the TMT sector, by region

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What are the key sub-sectors in M&A deal activity in the TMT sector?

The key sub-sectors in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the TMT sector are technology, internet and media, and telecom. Technology accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. It recorded a growth of more than 20% in terms of deal value and over 30% in terms of deal volume.

Global M&A deals in the TMT sector, by sub-sector

Global M&A deals in the TMT sector, by sub-sector

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What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in the TMT sector?

Digital media, artificial intelligence, and cloud were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the TMT sector in 2021. 5G, internet of things, the future of work, fintech, cloud, artificial intelligence, COVID-19, ESG-environmental, ESG-governance, digital media, geopolitics, ESG-social, and regulation are the biggest themes that will drive the global M&A deals in the TMT sector in the future.

Which were the key companies in the global M&A deals in the TMT sector?

The key companies involved in the global M&A deals in the TMT sector in 2021 were Oracle Corp, American Tower, Emerson, Polestar Volvo, Intuit, NortonLifeLock, Square, The Blackstone Group, Amazon, Discovery, Prosus, Thoma Bravo, Microsoft, Hitachi, and ironSource.

Global M&A deals in the TMT sector, by company

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Market Report Scope

Deal Value (2020) $1,039 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China
Key themes 5G, Internet of Things, The Future of Work, Fintech, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, ESG-Environmental, ESG-Governance, Digital Media, Geopolitics, ESG-Social, and Regulation
Key sub-sectors Technology, Internet and Media, And Telecom
Key companies Oracle Corp, American Tower, Emerson, Polestar Volvo, Intuit, NortonLifeLock, Square, The Blackstone Group, Amazon, Discovery, Prosus, Thoma Bravo, Microsoft, Hitachi, and ironSource

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

  • Overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in the TMT Sector
  • The themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the TMT Sector

Key Highlights

M&A deal value grew by 22% from $1,039 billion in 2020 to $1,270 billion in 2021. In terms of deal volume, 2021 saw 12,585 deals compared to 9,942 in the previous year, recording a growth of 27%. There were 276 billion-dollar-plus M&A deals in the TMT sector in 2021, compared to 188 in the previous year.

Reasons to Buy

  • Understanding the themes that drive an industry
  • List of the most notable deals in TMT sector to make it easy for clients to get a view of themes disrupting the sector and prepare for the future.

Key Players

Oracle Corp
American Tower
Emerson
Polestar Volvo
Intuit
NortonLifeLock
Square
The Blackstone Group
Amazon
Discovery
Prosus
Thoma Bravo
Microsoft
Hitachi
ironSource
Rogers Communications
Peraton
OptumInsight
Cerner Corp
CoreSite Realty
McAfee
Aspen Technology
Gores
The Rocket Science Group
Avast
Afterpay
QTS Realty Trust
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Warner Media
Naspers
Proofpoint
Nuance Communications
China Tower
GlobalLogic
Shaw Communications
Perspecta
Change Healthcare
Symbotic
Vista Equity
TPG Capital
Equifax
Qualtrics International
Symphony Technology Group
KKR & Co
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
IBM
Panasonic
Synnex
Rockley Photonics
Doma
Janus Henderson Group
Match Group
Evergreen Coast Capital
Veritas Capital
Boston Scientific
Teledyne Technologies
SVF Investment III
Blue Prism Group
Appriss Insights
Clarabridge
Medallia
FireEye
Cloudera
Turbonomic
Blue Yonder
Tech Data
SC Health
Capitol Investment
Yandex
Hyperconnect
Cubic
Preventice
FLIR Systems
TransUnion
888
PayU
Pershing Square and affiliates
Penn National Gaming
Netmarble Games
Platinum Equity
Altice UK
Pershing Square Tontine
Amazon.com
TF1 Group
Clarivate
Apollo Global
Gray Television
Hufffpost Ballys Corporation
Beijing ByteDance Technology
Electronic Arts
NeuStar
Caesars Entertainment
IndiaIdeas.com
Universal Music Group
theScore
SpinX Games
McGraw Hill Companies
BT Group
Metropole Television
ProQuest
Verizon Media
Local Media Group
Santa Cruz Works
Gamesys Group
Shanghai Mutong Technology
AT&T
Glu Mobile
Nitro Bidco

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the TMT sector are North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China.

 

 

 

Digital media, artificial intelligence, and cloud were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the TMT sector. 5G, internet of things, the future of work, fintech, cloud, artificial intelligence, COVID-19, ESG-environmental, ESG-governance, digital media, geopolitics, ESG-social, and regulation are the biggest themes that will drive the global M&A deals in the TMT sector in the future.

The key sub-sectors in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the TMT sector are technology, internet and media, and telecom.

The key companies involved in the global M&A deals in the TMT sector in 2021 were Oracle Corp, American Tower, Emerson, Polestar Volvo, Intuit, NortonLifeLock, Square, The Blackstone Group, Amazon, Discovery, Prosus, Thoma Bravo, Microsoft, Hitachi, and ironSource.

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